Let’s hope cultural center keeps thriving
The logic behind Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham including Rebecca Avitia, the executive director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico and a fellow Democrat, in the group of exempt employees forced to resign, escapes me (“Forced resignation hits National Hispanic Cultural Center,” Jan. 5). Avitia is “credited with turning around the long-struggling center.” Under Avitia’s management, the Albuquerque-based center “nearly tripled the number of events it held and saw revenue grow to $1 million last year despite decreases in state aid.” This, in comparison to revenue at $250,000 in prior years attributed to mismanagement.
I hope the governor has a plan in mind for Avitia’s replacement. It took a two-year search to find a new director before Avitia was found and hired. Let’s keep the NHCC thriving.